Gilbert Keith Chesterton Quotes

A puritan is a person who pours righteous indignation into the wrong things.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. New York Times (Nov. 21, 1930).
There is nothing the matter with Americans except their ideals. The real American is all right; it is the ideal American who is all wrong.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. New York Times (Feb. 1, 1931).
Democracy means government by the uneducated, while aristocracy means government by the badly educated.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. New York Times (Feb. 1, 1931).
We are justified in enforcing good morals, for they belong to all mankind; but we are not justified in enforcing good manners, for good manners always mean our own manners.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. "Limericks and Counsels of Perfection," All Things Considered (1908).
Nothing is poetical if plain daylight is not poetical; and no monster should amaze us if the normal man does not amaze.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. "On Experience," All Is Grist (1931).
Compromise used to mean that half a loaf was better than no bread. Among modern statesmen it really seems to mean that half a loaf is better than a whole loaf.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. What's Wrong with the World, ch. 3 (1910).
Science in the modern world has many uses; its chief use, however, is to provide long words to cover the errors of the rich.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. "Celts and Celtophiles," Heretics (1905).
The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. What's Wrong With the World, pt. 1, ch. 5 (1910).
The honest poor can sometimes forget poverty. The honest rich can never forget it.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. "Cockneys and Their Jokes," All Things Considered (1908).
If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. What's Wrong With the World, pt. 4, ch. 14 (1910).